This comprehensive guide to planning and choosing the perfect deck offers step-by-step instructions on how to design and build a deck that enhances the home, while also serving the familyâ€™s needs. Deck Designs 4th Edition offers guidance for both DIY projects and for working with contractors. The first part of the book covers topics such as how to decide on a design, tips on identifying uses for the structure, and common building themes and variations. Part 2 offers readers some of the best designs from four of the top deck builders in the country. Featuring 30 professionally-built structures, more than 120 full-color photographs, and 230 color illustrations, this book provides countless ideas for creating these beautiful additions. Amenities like overhead structures, railings, benches, and planters are also detailed, making this book a complete, one-stop resource for planning and choosing a new or remodeled deck.